Africa

Airtel Malawi hands over first pick-up

50 year old Clement Mukhumbwa, retired secondary school teacher at Chitipa Boma on Friday became the first recipient of the bi-weekly prize of a brand new Toyota Hilux Pick-up in the on going Yabooka promotion being run by the giant mobile phone network , Airtel Malawi

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In Kenya, a community radio brings succour to dwellers

Korogocho, a slum in northeastern Nairobi with 100,000 inhabitants, had many of the ingredients for a political explosion similar to those that rocked other parts of Kenya in early 2008. It is crowded and very poor and has a reputation for brutal crime. But when a contested election brought violent protests to Mathare and other nearby slums, with hundreds killed and many more displaced, Korogocho remained quiet

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Malawi Media gets a boost from Airtel

Malawi’s leading mobile phone company, Airtel says free media is catalyst for development in any country. This was said by the company’s Marketing Director Enwell Kadango at a gala dinner to commemorate the World Press Freedom Day activities

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Nigeria Churches at Risk of Attack Tighten Security

Throughout northern Nigeria, Christian churches are ramping up security as a militant Islamist sect, Boko Haram, targets places of worship. At a church in the northern city of Kaduna, Christians are refusing to let the near-constant threat of attack keep them away from Sunday services

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Nigeria: Boko Haram Bombs ThisDay Newspaper Offices

In the wake of Thursday's bombings of newspaper offices in Nigeria that killed at least nine people and injured many others, President Goodluck Jonathan assured Nigerians on Saturday that the government is on high alert. The Boko Haram Islamist sect says it carried out the attack to retaliate against news media for reporting false statements about the group's activities and goals

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Feature: Malian women create beauty and profit through local fabrics

Hand-dyed polished cotton — called bazin — is the mainstay of Malian fashion. The blind singers Amadou Bagayoko and Mariam Doumbia extolled the fabric in a song released in 2005, “Beaux dimanches” (“Beautiful Sundays”). The song’s scintillating lyrics include the lines: “Sunday in Bamako is the wedding day / Men and women put on their best boubous / The bazins are waiting for you / This is the wedding day.” It became the hit song on an album that won two prestigious British Broadcasting Corporation awards the following year, including one for best “world music” album

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